We have awarded funding to four UK Power Networks projects:
The project aims to enable the transition to Net Zero by transforming the existing network management and control systems, through the introduction of local intelligence at a substation level. It is a simplified and focused evolution of a proposal which was brought forward to the 2019 NIC.
This project aims to understand and minimise the network impacts of electrifying commercial fleets and private hire vehicles, optimise the utilisation of existing network and charging infrastructure, and make the EV transition of commercial vehicles more seamless. The project will provide data to support a comprehensive understanding of the technical feasibility, customer response, network impact and cost effectiveness of smart technology to this sector and prove customer and network savings over traditional methods.
Active Response - Active Response to Distribution Network Constraints
This project builds on existing innovation to address network constraints to the uptake of low carbon technologies. It proposes to develop and demonstrate advanced automation and power electronic devices at low / high voltage levels, enabling increased network meshing where it is not currently possible. This will release network capacity quickly, at minimum cost and avoiding traditional reinforcement.
POWERFL-CB - Power-electronic Fault Limiting Circuit Breaker
This project will develop and test an 11kV Fault Limiting Circuit Breaker.